Saudi religious leaders warn against disunity

Updated 09 November 2014

Saudi religious leaders warn against disunity

Anyone endangering the security of the country is, in fact, playing into the hands of the enemies who are looking for an opportunity to destroy the society, said Grand Mosque Imam Saud Al-Shoraim in his Friday sermon.
He warned Muslims to beware of those who want to drive a wedge between them in order to advance their nefarious designs.
“Sleep without security will be restless and a worship devoid of security will be muddled worship. Peace and security is very important for us,” Al-Shoraim said.
A number of people were killed in a terror attack in the Eastern Province on Monday.
Those who cause security breach and violence do not want a dignified life for their people, the Sheikh said.
Security is the basic requirement of life. It is achieved by ensuring the safety of life, property and honor, he added.
The imam compared one who breached security of a nation with a sailor who dug holes in a ship.
“Unless other sailors throw him overboard the whole ship will sink and all sailors drown,” he said
“Security is destabilized by deviant ideology that ruins religious values. Other situations that lead to the disruption of people’s security are harming innocent lives, addiction to drug or liquor, theft of wealth or earning money illegally by violating the honor of other people and committing adultery,” Al-Shoraim said in his speech.
In his sermon at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Imam and Khatib Sheikh Salah Al-Bodair stressed the importance of tolerance, wisdom and peace.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, in his sermon at imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, said the consequences of the disruption of law and order in a country are grave and affect all sections of society.
“The wisdom behind the Shariah-based punishments is to establish justice in the word and to ensure security and stability for the Ummah,” Al-Asheikh said adding that Shariah-based punishments are a blessing from Allah sent down to the Muslims to rein in the wicked people and ensure security and peace in the society.
He also prayed to the Almighty to enable the Kingdom’s rulers to successfully implement the laws of Allah so that the corrupt are reined in and destroyed and people are guaranteed a life free from evil.
Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif has meanwhile reaffirmed that all security authorities will carry out their duties to challenge those who attempt to tamper with the Kingdom’s stability.
The minister made these comments, while visiting the families of victims killed in the terrorist attack in Al-Ahsa on Monday.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki announced the arrest of an Al-Ahsa attack suspect in Arar on Friday night.


Misk journeys into the past to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s national day

Updated 23 September 2020

Misk journeys into the past to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s national day

  • The journey begins at dawn from Turaif district in Diriyah
  • The campaign will shed light on historical locations

JEDDAH: In celebration of the 90th Saudi National Day, the Misk Foundation has launched a campaign highlighting the Kingdom’s heritage, featuring a video, cinema advertisement and a bicycle race through some of the country’s key historical sites.

The campaign will shed light on historical locations and the influential people who helped build the Kingdom. It also aims to highlight the country’s current development and prosperity.

The foundation, represented by Manga Productions, has collaborated with the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives and the Japanese advertising agency Centean to produce “Al-Auja” video, which tells the history of the Kingdom by highlighting heroic figures from the past.

As a first-of-a-kind project, it also documents the Kingdom's history for future generations, including efforts by the founder King Abdul Aziz to unify the country. 

Misk Foundation also released a video clip, “Rasimeen Auloumana,” which focuses on the growth, prosperity and mega-projects in the Kingdom today, while also documenting the population’s achievements and hopes.

The video takes viewers on an imagined journey by the nation’s founder as he discovers the Kingdom’s modern achievements.

The journey begins at dawn from Turaif district in Diriyah, the historical and geographical center of Saudi Arabia, where the first Saudi state was established.

King Abdul Aziz visits cities including King Abdullah Economic City, Umluj, Al-Ula and Jeddah before returning to Riyadh as he did in the past when he conquered the city with an army of only 63 men.

The campaign logo features King Abdul Aziz riding his horse, Obayya, and an imitation of the ruler’s handwriting based on his signature.

The title of the video clip is a quote from the poem of the Saudi traditional dance “Najd Shamat.”

The foundation’s celebrations will end next Wednesday with a bicycle race through key historical sites that the founder passed through during the conquest of Riyadh.

Participants will begin the journey from four sites — Abu Makhrouq Mountain, Manakh King Abdul Aziz Park, the Red Palace and Diriyah governorate — before meeting at the final gathering station, Al-Masmak Fortress.

Abu Makhrouq Mountain was a landmark for trade convoys heading to Riyadh, as well as being a park for the founder and local people.

Films produced for the national day are part of Misk’s visual productions on cultural and national events.

The foundation released several popular films, such as “Hal Al-Auja” and “Kol Meter Murabba’,” for last year’s national day, in addition to “Khuddam Al-Haram” and “Misk Al-Masha’ir” during the last two Hajj seasons.